Food for Life – The New Year

Happy New Year to each one of you.

“Another year now opens its fair unwritten pages before you. The recording angel stands ready to write. Your course of action will determine what shall be traced by him. You may make your future life good or evil; and this will determine for you whether the year upon which you have entered will be to you a happy new year. It is in your power to make it such for yourself and for those around you. . . .

Angels of God are waiting to show you the path of life. . . . Decide now, at the commencement of the new year, that you will choose the path of righteousness; that you will be earnest and true-hearted, and that life with you shall not prove a mistake. Go forward, guided by the heavenly angels; be courageous; be enterprising; let your light shine; and may the words of inspiration be applicable to you—‘I write unto you, young men, because you are strong and have overcome the wicked one.’” My Life Today, 5.

“The blessing of God will rest upon every soul that makes a full consecration to Him. . . . Those who feel the constraining love of God; do not ask how little may be given to meet the requirements of God, they do not ask for the lowest standard, but aim at perfect conformity to the will of their Redeemer. . . . It is the submissive, teachable spirit that God wants. That which gives to prayer its excellence is the fact that it is breathed from a loving, obedient heart.” Ibid., 7.

“Life is a gift of God. Our bodies have been given us to use in God’s service, and He desires that we shall care for an appreciate them. Our bodies must be kept in the best possible condition physically, and under the most spiritual influences. . . .

“The law of temperance must control the life of every Christian. . . . We are under sacred obligations to God so to govern our bodies and rule our appetites and passions that they will not lead us away from purity and holiness, or take our minds from the work God requires us to do.

Those who serve God in sincerity and truth will be a peculiar people, unlike the world, separate from the world. Their food will be prepared, not to encourage gluttony or gratify a perverted taste, but to secure to themselves the greatest physical strength, and consequently the best mental conditions.

Every careless, inattentive action, any abuse put upon the Lord’s wonderful mechanism, by disregarding His specified laws in the human habitation, is a violation of God’s Law.” Ibid., 125, 127.

It is my prayer this New Year, that as we study together God’s messages to us through the Spirit of Prophecy on the subject of diet and healthful living, and review the many medical findings that have been released in the laws few years, we will renew our vows to our Creator, to live according to God’s plan for His remnant people. Let us remember that “True temperance teaches us to dispense entirely with everything hurtful and to use judiciously that which is healthful.” Temperance, 138.

January’s Recipes:

Tofu Mayonnaise

16 oz. pkg. tofu

1/3 cup of lemon juice

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 Tablespoon onion powder

1 Tablespoon ground dill (optional)

1/4 cup pineapple concentrate

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup Fruit Source (granulated)

1/2 cup cashew pieces

4 oz. can chopped olives

Place first eight ingredients in blender on high speed and blend until smooth.Then add cashews and continue blending until very smooth. Pour into container and add the chopped olives and stir well. For use as sour cream on baked potatoes, omit olives and use chives. This also makes a delicious dip for chips (the baked variety with no oil, or Frito-Lay makes delicious Tostitos with nothing but corn and salt.)


Olive Pimento Spread

Place in blender on high speed:

1 cup water

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 small can of olives

1 Tablespoon onion powder

1/4 cup Fruit Source (granulated)

4-6 oz. pimentos

Blend until smooth and then slowly add 2 cups of cashew pieces and continue blending until very smooth. Remove from blender and add the chopped olives, or if you prefer you may use sliced olives. Without the sweetening and olives this sauce is very good on steamed broccoli and cauliflower.


Fruit Spread

20 oz. can crushed pineapple

large bananas

1 cup date pieces

1 /2 teaspoon sea salt

1 pkg. frozen strawberries (blackberries, boysenberries, raspberries, or blueberries may be used.)

Place first four ingredients in blender on high and blend till smooth. Then add the berries, frozen or fresh, and continue blending until very smooth. This is delicious on raisin-nut toast, waffles, or pancakes.